Patents Assigned to Kohler Co.
  • Publication number: 20240068216
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed towards a debris-reducing drain insert 90 for a drain. The debris-reducing drain insert 90 includes a battery to power a cutting component with at least one blade to cut debris as it travels down the drainpipe and prevent clogging of the drain. The debris-reducing drain insert 90 includes a drain cover with a seal such that when in a closed position water and debris cannot flow into the drain opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Andrew Smith, Diego Alejandro Cuervo Ayala, Matthew R. Wegner, Erich D. Slothower, Michael J. Smith, Niels Eilmus
  • Patent number: 11913207
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture includes an electrical component insert-molded within a portion of the plumbing fixture, the portion formed from an epoxy. The electrical component is offset from and disposed below an outer surface of the plumbing fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Mark Schibur, Jeremiah Rauwerdink
  • Patent number: 11913211
    Abstract: A toilet that includes a tank configured to hold water from a water supply; a reservoir fluidly connected to the tank and configured to hold a cleaning compound comprising a chemical compound and water from the water supply; and an actuator configured to control a flush cycle of the toilet upon a first activation, the actuator including at least one nozzle fluidly connected to the reservoir and configured to discharge an amount of the cleaning compound external to the tank upon at least one of the first activation or a second activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Michael Luettgen, William Kuru, Clayton Garrels, Peter W. Denzin
  • Patent number: 11913204
    Abstract: A handshower cradle assembly includes a waterway body, a handshower cradle, and an actuator. The handshower cradle is coupled to the waterway body. The actuator is configured to reduce a flow rate of water through the waterway body in response to a handshower being received within the handshower cradle. In some embodiments, the handshower cradle is configured to engage with the actuator under the weight of the handshower to adjust a position of the actuator with respect to the waterway body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Ball
  • Patent number: 11913200
    Abstract: A faucet includes a spout, a water level sensor, and a controller. The spout includes a water outlet having a first set of nozzles oriented at an angle with respect to a central axis defined by the water outlet such that water discharged from the first set of nozzles converges at the central axis at a focal distance from the water outlet. The water level sensor is disposed on the spout, and is configured to detect a distance between the water outlet and a level of water in a container disposed below the water outlet. The controller is configured to control the flow of water through the water outlet based on a comparison between the detected distance and the focal distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Chanseol Chung
  • Patent number: 11913574
    Abstract: A magnetic joint includes a first member and a second member. The first member includes a first plurality of magnets spaced annularly apart from each other. The second member includes a second plurality of magnets spaced annularly apart from each other. The first member is rotatably coupled to the second member. The first member is configured to be coupled to a first component and the second member is configured to be coupled to a second component. The first plurality of magnets and the second plurality of magnets are configured to cooperatively define a plurality of rotational positions between the first component and the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Chanseol Chung
  • Patent number: 11904329
    Abstract: A showerhead assembly that includes a showerhead housing, a distributor, and a valve layer. The showerhead housing includes a top plate, a bottom plate, and a plurality of sidewalls extending between the top plate and the bottom plate, where the top plate includes a fluid inlet configured to couple to a fluid source. The distributor includes at least one distributor outlet, and is situated in the showerhead housing. The valve layer includes at least one valve assembly, and is situated in the showerhead housing. The at least one valve assembly is coupled to the bottom plate. The at least one channel of the distributor is further configured to disperse fluid from the fluid inlet to the at least one distributor outlet, and the at least one distributor outlet is coupled to, and configured to disperse fluid to, the at least one valve assembly of the valve layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Pete Kajuch, Joseph Valenti
  • Patent number: 11906990
    Abstract: A water level detection system includes a water containing vessel, an airtight tube fluidly coupled to the water containing vessel, a pressure sensor fluidly coupled to the airtight tube, and a water level control unit communicably coupled to the pressure sensor. The water level control unit is configured to control at least one of a height of water within the water containing vessel or a temperature of the water based on pressure data from the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Nameer Shaaban, Jason M. Kwacz
  • Patent number: 11905690
    Abstract: A faucet having a base that is mountable to a support, a spout moveably coupled to the base and having an outlet for dispensing water, and a valve that controls a flow of water to an outlet, where the valve is opened in response to the spout being moved relative to the base to a first position, and the valve is closed in response to the spout being moved relative to the base from the first position toward a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Chanseol Muraoka
  • Publication number: 20240052613
    Abstract: A system for converting a mechanical main valve body of a shower assembly to an electromechanical main valve body. The system includes a mechanical valve body that includes a cold water inlet, a hot water inlet, and a connection interface that interchangeably receives one of the mechanical main valve body or the electromechanical main valve body. The electromechanical main valve body includes a first solenoid valve fluidly coupled to a first outlet that directs the mixed water to a first user device in replacement of a second outlet of the mechanical main valve body, and a second solenoid valve fluidly coupled to a third outlet that directs the mixed water to a second user device in replacement of a fourth outlet of the mechanical main valve body. The first and second solenoid valves selectively permit the mixed water to flow through the first and third outlets, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventor: Chad J. Cochart
  • Publication number: 20240044347
    Abstract: A waterway for a fluid delivery device includes a body, an inlet passage, a continuous header passage, a connector passage, a chamber, and a plurality of ports. The inlet passage is formed in the body and configured to receive a supply of water. The continuous header passage is formed in the body as a loop with elongated side passages. The connector passage is formed in the body and fluidly interconnects the inlet passage and the elongated side passages. The chamber is formed in the body in spaced relation to the elongated side passages. The plurality of ports is formed in the body and extends between the elongated side passages and the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2023
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Brian Douglas Renzelman, Andrew James Stokes, Joel Aldebaran Salazar Elorza, Gary Clarke
  • Publication number: 20240044117
    Abstract: A faucet trim assembly includes faucet body subassembly and a base subassembly removably coupled to the faucet body subassembly. The faucet body subassembly includes a spout, an escutcheon coupled to the spout, and a handle coupled to the escutcheon. The spout includes a first internal passageway. The base subassembly includes a valve cartridge that is removably coupled to the base subassembly. The valve cartridge is configured to control a flow of water through the spout. The base subassembly is configured to removably couple to a sink deck independently from the faucet body subassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2023
    Publication date: February 8, 2024
    Applicant: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Brian J. Mooren, Andrew J. Rieth
  • Patent number: 11892811
    Abstract: An apparatus for aggregation of water condition at household appliances comprises a communication interface and a controller. The communication interface is configured to send a reporting message indicative of data collected by at least one appliance to a central server. The controller is configured to receive an analysis message from the central server. The analysis message indicates a condition of water from the at least one appliance or a condition of water in a geographic area associated with the at least one appliance. The controller is configured to provide an alert in response to the analysis message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Rafael Rexach, Nona Beining, Alyssa Wilterdink, Shawn Booth, Thomas E. Lilly, Doug Diemel, Jr., Leslie Petch
  • Patent number: 11885111
    Abstract: A method of flushing a toilet that includes opening a first valve to introduce a first supply of grey water into a passage to prime a siphon; opening a second valve to introduce a second supply of water into a bowl from a tank, the bowl having an outlet that is in fluid communication with an inlet of the passage; closing the first valve to shut off the first supply of water; evacuating the contents of the bowl through an outlet of the passage by way of the siphon generated by the introduction of the first supply of water and the introduction of the second supply of water; and closing the second valve to shut off the second supply of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Clayton C. Garrels, William C. Kuru, Randy S. Graskamp
  • Patent number: D1013831
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventor: Margaret C. Mazz
  • Patent number: D1014698
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Margaret C. Mazz, Yutong Wu
  • Patent number: D1014701
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Brandon H. Miller, Gary N. Clarke
  • Patent number: D1014703
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Connor McManus, Brandon H. Miller, Rodney L. Weekley
  • Patent number: D1015484
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Margaret C. Mazz, Bojian Han, Gregory de Swarte
  • Patent number: D1015485
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: KOHLER CO.
    Inventors: Gregory De Swarte, Anna-Pia K. Slothower, Drew Johnson